ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) , -ˌsplȯ-\

Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of exploring

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Other Words from exploration

explorational \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce explorational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​ˌsplȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of exploration in a Sentence

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
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In each of those years, ExxonMobil, by contrast, spent less than three billion dollars on exploration, research, and development. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," 17 Sep. 2019 All-day events include virtual reality exploration, video and board games, green screen photo opportunities, child-friendly crafts, jumbo-sized family games, Magic the Gathering and a Fandom scavenger hunt. baltimoresun.com, "Harford library’s 9th annual Comic-Con celebrates all things ‘Geek’," 14 Sep. 2019 Jonathan O'Callaghan Jonathan O'Callaghan is a freelance journalist covering commercial spaceflight, space exploration, astrophysics, and a wide range of science. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Second Interstellar Object May Be Streaking through Our Solar System," 13 Sep. 2019 An exploration of the Moors’ influence on four cities in Spain. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Fall garden fairs, plant sales and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Some people suggest it’s best to assume a luddite’s point of view on our future: to just stop exploration, stop research, stop advancing these frontiers, and stop innovation. Bran Ferren, Quartz, "Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it," 13 Sep. 2019 The whole point is to actually take the journey, to have this rite of self-exploration, and love, and learning about yourself, and unpacking your baggage, and all of those things. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Are You the One? EP talks sexually fluid cast: 'I could've done five seasons of this' at once," 10 Sep. 2019 Beijing plans to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbital and rover exploration, followed by a mission that would include collection of surface samples from the Red Planet. Manveena Suri And Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's polar moon mission puts Chandrayaan-2 in the history books," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exploration was in 1537

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English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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to spread over or through

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